Sunday, May 6, 2018

Miniature Tourism at Bunker Hill

I could have cropped the display case out, but how often are you photobombed by a Brown Bess? We need to embrace these moments.

For those patient readers who still bear with me, I would like to share a bit of modelling tourism. I recently had the opportunity to travel for work which found me in the wonderfully historic town of Boston. Much of what I visited was not only up my alley, but was in fact my whole alley.

One of the must-see spots for any American History fan is the memorial on top of Breed's Hill. I impulsively climbed the stairs inside the obelisk only to be harried by an encroaching high school class the whole 294 sweaty steps up. On my return to ground level, a park ranger directed me to a converted library across the street where there were some exhibits about the famous battle. They warned me that it was largely in miniature.

The exhibit was something to behold! The main attraction was about a 10ft x 20ft interactive diorama of the entire battle done with 15mm figures on a huge scenic topographical map. An audio program played while dynamic lighting showed the progression of the battle and simulated the flashes of battalion fire.

I really liked the work they did on the redoubt, and was proud that the didn't present a sanitized version of the battle, but had casualties covering the ground between the two sides.

 The lines of redcoats advancing across the terrain was just incredible. While the diorama depicted events while the colonists' ammunition was still holding out, you got the overwhelming sense of an inevitable British victory as the Regulars came wave after wave.

There were also some smaller dioramas done in other scales to show both a more human view inside the redoubt... well as a broader view of Boston Harbor and Charlestown during the engagement.

Well, I'm feeling inspired to get back into my Revolution figures!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Overdue Updates

After a prolonged hiatus, I believe I am ready to reenter the blogging world, if perhaps not as frequently as I once did.

Over the past 21 months, a lot has changed for me. I took part in a great adventure to the Bicentennial of Waterloo where I came within yards of meeting the Perry Brothers, and not know untilI got home and saw their picture of my unit on Facebook. Shortly after, I went through a career change from printer to professor, and then summer 2016 saw the addition of "Dad" to my list of pseudonyms with the arrival of my little daughter.

I continued to paint, though much more sporadically in both time and topic. I was also introduced to the now wildly popular Fantasy Flight Star Wars games X-Wing and Armada, which, being rather resource-light in comparison to my more involved and figure-heavy games, were easier to accommodate into my new schedule. 

Now I look forward to getting back into painting and posting updates of my progress. In between changing diapers and updating my department's curriculum, of course.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Casuatly/Morale Counter Dial Tutorial

I am into miniature wargaming for definitively aesthetic reasons, and prefer to create the illusion of an actual scene on the tabletop. To represent complex battlefield conditions and the less tangible aspects of the battles, such as morale and command coherency, one must either get heavy into the bookkeeping aspects of the games or use visual markers to note these conditions. Instead of my usual default of dice, I have gone about creating my own dial counters.

Friday, July 17, 2015

AWI British Command Group

As you may have glimpsed in the flag tutorial, I have finished work on the command group for the AWI British Marines.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Flag Graphic Tutorial

Previously, I showed my recent Marine Ensigns carrying their regimental standards. The process that went in to creating the flag designs deserved its own tutorial, as I think this can help other modelers & wargamers seeking to portray some of the more specific regiments in miniature.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

AWI Marine Ensigns & Colours

One of the details that really enhances an tabletop army is a proper set of regimental colours, and since unit-specific flags add so much character to a miniature army, but British Marine Colours are somewhat difficult to come by (and a bit of a contention among reenactors), I settled on creating my own.

After doing some [somewhat dubious] research into the matter, I went about creating my flags based on some accounts of the Regimental and King's colours likely carried by the Marines in Boston and the early stages of the Revolutionary War. Several sources cite a tailor's receipt for silk flags, describing the use of the fouled anchor and the rose and thistle motif commonly used by most other regiments. While not explicitly mentioned, I included St. George's Cross on the Regimental since it is specified by the 1768 warrant, and the Marines did their best to be able to fit in when on land campaign alongside the army. (Also it adds a lot more visual interest).

I will do a separate post to describe the process used to design the flag graphics, so for now suffice to say it was done using the Adobe Creative Suite, and printed to scale (used same measurements as the flags printed in the Perry painting guide that came with the figures) on a professional digital press on nice uncoated paper stock, which was then glued in place with watered down PVA.

From here I'll be adding the rest of the set's command group: an officer on foot and musician.

Monday, May 4, 2015

May the Horse be with you!

Now that I've gotten my more serious title of the day out of the way, I can move on to puns and segue back to AWI Redcoats (anyone remember May the Horse be With You by Reliant K?)
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